Support Worker - Waking Nights - 21 hours per week

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Reference number: 47367

Title: Support Worker - Waking Nights - 21 hours per week

Location: Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland

Salary: £10.25 - £11.46 (Including Additional Allowance)

Hours: 21 hours per week

Closing date: Tuesday 17 May 2022

Interview date: TBC

Contract type: Permanent

Job advert:

Could you be a Sense Waking Nights Support Worker?

It's an exciting time at Sense, as we are seeking Waking Nights Support Workers to join our service in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. This role is 21 hours per week and Sense are offering a Waking Nights Support Worker in Carrickfergus an hourly rate of £10.25, this is calculated and paid as a base rate of £9.75 plus additional 50 pence allowance per hour paid for your standard in service hours, this will increase to £11.46 per hour if you choose to work overtime.

We have a condensed working pattern to offer a better work life balance, 3 shifts one week, 4 the next on a standard 2 - week pattern. Shifts being from 12am – 6am!

This Waking nights Support worker role is an exciting opportunity to progress and/or develop your management experience in a high-quality person-centred environment. Edenvale Avenue is a small 10 bedded residential service supporting individuals with sensory impairment and/or complex needs. The high staffing ratios reflect Sense’s commitment to provide high quality services that meet the unique needs of the people we support. The duties are varied and no two days will be the same. The people we support are individuals and they are all treated as such. As a general guide, you may support with personal care needs, as well as help to take part in a wide range of special interests and activities that support their health and wellbeing.

We have created new twilight roles to enhance the quality of our service provision.  Successful applicants will have the opportunity to lead shifts and manage, support and mentor staff.  As an organisation Sense is committed to a comprehensive training and development programme and will support staff to achieve formal qualifications.  We also offer a supportive work environment, with an attractive working pattern, including every other weekend off, a company pension and benefits package and a holiday entitlement that starts at 35 days per annum


Are you looking for an incredibly rewarding and valuable job role, where you can receive great training and development, a supportive work environment, generous leave arrangements and employee benefits and access to a pension scheme?

You do not need any existing experience in this field for the position so if you are interetsed we would love to hear from you!


Does this sound right for you?


Sense Waking Nights Support Worker, Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, Benefits:

  • Small supportive work environment 
  • 21 hours per week - 3 shifts one week - 4 shifts second week
  • Every other weekend off 
  • Compressed working week
  • 24 days’ holiday + bank holidays; increasing with length of service
  • Free Access NI Check
  • Free leadership and management development (such as our award winning Growing Stronger Leaders Together programme) 
  • Free access to over 100 online and face to face training including the care certificate.
  • On-going development opportunities
  • Flexible working and family friendly policies
  • Employee referral scheme
  • Health and well-being support
  • Pension Scheme
  • Discount scheme 


Sense Waking Nights Support Worker, Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, Duties:

  • To support individuals / groups within the service during the evening hours.
  • To provide a customised, responsive and high quality service to people with multiple sensory impairments, physical and/or learning disabilities who use Sense services.
  • To deliver services which meet or exceed organisational expectations and standards.
  • Full job specification is attached below.


Sense Waking Nights Support Worker, Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, Experience:

  • You don’t need to have previous experience in this field, nor do you need qualifications – we’re happy to work with you to help you become an excellent support worker. 
  • Knowledge of multi sensory impairments / learning difficullties is beneficial.
  • Full person specification is attached below.


About Sense

For everyone living with complex disabilities. For everyone who is deafblind. Sense is here to help people communicate and experience the world. We believe that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential.

Work at Sense can be demanding and so isn’t for everyone, but it is also incredibly rewarding and valuable. Take a look at the video below to see why we do what we do.

To apply

Please use the link below to complete your application. Managers will use your supporting statement to shortlist candidates for interview; in relation to the Personal Specification. Therefore, it is very important you complete this section thoroughly.  We would recommend that you read the candidate guidelines, job description and person specification (found at the base of this advert) before applying.

Please note to avoid disappointment, we advise you to submit your application as soon as possible as we reserve the right to close posts at any time.

No agency submissions please: any submissions without prior authorisation from the Sense Recruitment Team will be treated as our own and as such no fee will be payable.

If you require any further assistance, please contact the Recruitment Team on 0121 415 6735 or

Sense is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable children and adults and expects all employees to share this commitment. Therefore, all offers of employment, where appropriate, are subject to an enhanced Access NI check.

For this role we particularly welcome applications from candidates from underrepresented ethnic minority backgrounds and candidates with disabilities. Sense is committed to equality of opportunity, and to promoting and celebrating the diversity of staff, volunteers and the people we work with. Everyone's contribution is valued and we ensure they're given the opportunity to realise their potential. We welcome applications from talented people from all sections of the community who share our values and belief that no one, no matter how complex their disabilities, should be isolated, left out, or unable to fulfil their potential. For more information please visit: ​

The Sense Education and Training Centre is the first centre in Northern Ireland specifically designed to meet the needs of adults who are sensory impaired with additional disabilities. The adults who use our service are people with unique needs, preferences and interests.  We work closely with our students, their carers and other agencies to identify those needs and interests.  From this we develop a framework to meet those needs.

Healthcare – Social care – Support work – Children – Adults – Disabilities – Nursing – medical – Communicator – BSL - multi sensory impairments - learning difficulties – community – part time – full time – care assistant – residential care

Job description: Download the job description

Candidate guidelines: Download the candidate guidelines

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